Nearly 7,000 people in Cheshire East and Cheshire West were contacted by the NHS Covid-19 app and told to isolate in the latest week, figures reveal.

The app warns people that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

People contacted through the app are advised to isolate for up to 10 days, although there is no legal obligation to do so.

NHS figures show 3,810 people in Cheshire East were 'pinged' by the Covid app in the week to July 21 – the latest available data.

That was a slight increase from the 3,752 alerts sent out the week before.

And it is a similar scene in Cheshire West and Chester.

NHS figures show 3,153 people in Cheshire West and Chester were 'pinged' by the app in the week to July 21 – the latest available data.

That was a slight decrease from the 3,186 alerts sent out the week before.

Across England and Wales, nearly 700,000 alerts were sent to Covid app users in the latest seven-day period – a record high and 11 per cent more than the previous week.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has urged people to isolate if they are advised to do so, saying there “isn’t very long to go” until August 16, when all fully vaccinated contacts in England who test negative can avoid isolation.

He said: “I appreciate that it is a significant number of people and it can be frustrating, but the app is doing what we asked of it.”

But while isolation is not mandatory for people 'pinged' by the Covid app in England, anyone who is contacted and told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service has a legal obligation to do so.

Separate Department for Health and Social Care figures show contact tracers told 3,788 people in Cheshire East to self-isolate after being in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 in the week to July 21.

And in Cheshire West and Chester, 3,293 people were told to self-isolate after being in contact with a positive Covid-19 case in the week to July 21.

Plans to allow fully-vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US to enter the UK without the need to self-isolate for two weeks have also been announced.